Essay on Media Propaganda and Stereotypes

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Our society consists of consumers that buy into stereotypes and the propaganda that is being fed by the government and the media. Stereotypes steer individual's perceptions of a group of people in a certain way, usually negative, and generalize that opinion to all members of the group. Aware of the influence stereotypes have on people's views, governments use stereotypes already imbedded in society as a propaganda tactic to persuade people's thoughts, opinions and beliefs in order to benefit their cause. The media was used for disseminating stereotypes the effect violent music has on teenager's behaviours such as in the shootings at Columbine. After the September 11 attacks, the U.S. government used the media as an outlet to emphasize …show more content…
The U.S. government used the propaganda tool of name-calling, referring to Iraqi and Muslim individuals as extremists and suicidal maniacs to act in accordance with people's already formed stereotypes. With the media consistently broadcasting images and news of the Taliban suppressing their women, accepting abuse against women and the heinous killings by this regime, the public's negative stereotypes were upheld. The persistent bombardment of negative images of Muslims in the media fueled those members of society with racist beliefs and the combination of the two generated a powerful force which would later benefit the government when the call for support of the war would appear. Such individuals were the first to support US President Bush to invade Iraq and get rid of the 'scum' that threatened the U.S.'s future. Immediately after the attacks, the stereotypes were converted from opinions and beliefs to actions. Hatred toward all Muslims became an unfortunate reality. Instead of hating the terrorists, people generalized their hate to all members of Islamic religion or Middle Eastern decent. People held the view that all Muslims and Middle Eastern individuals were potential 'terrorists.'

"The US media has been clubbing together terrorism and Islam, influencing the American public to think that all Arab Muslims are "crazy and violent terrorists"… The American media has been a primary agent responsible for creating racist stereotypes, images and
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